Thatscricket - News - Pak objects to Reid as match referee for Asian Test
Published: Monday, August 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Karachi: Pakistan has strongly objected to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) over New Zealander John Reid's appointment as match referee for the Test against Bangladesh later this month, officials said on Monday."We have strongly objected to the posting of Reid and told the ACC that they know our views on the man so they should replace him," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director of operations Brigadier Munawwar Rana told AFP.Pakistan and Bangladesh play their first ever Test in Multan from August 29 to September 2. The clash also kicks off the second Asian Test Championship including Sri Lanka and possibly India.Reid, a former New Zealand captain turned International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, reported express Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action in Australia in 1999.He also suspended Pakistani captain Waqar Younis for one match and fined him 50 per cent of his match fee for alleged ball tampering in Sri Lanka in July last year, triggering a strong reaction from Pakistan."The ACC, as event managers of the Asian championship, can ask the ICC to replace Reid because the ICC appoints referees and umpires," Rana said.Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who has no-balled Sri Lankan off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan and Zimbabwe's Grant Flower for suspected throwing, will officiate the Test along with an Indian or Sri Lankan umpire yet to be named.Rana said the PCB had no objection over Hair's posting. Hair was also standing in the Test match when Akhtar was reported in Australia.Akhtar's action was questioned a second time in March this year but he has since been cleared by an Australian University study of his bowling arm."Hair officiated Pakistan's Test against England at Lord's in May this year and there were no problems," he said.The ICC generally keeps the controversial Australian clear of all matches where Sri Lanka is involved, following the storm of protest following his 1999 calls against Muralitharan.Meanwhile India has still not confirmed its participation in the Asian championship.The ACC has set August 23 as the deadline for India to clear up doubt over whether it would play Pakistan amid festering territorial disputes between the nuclear neighbours.India is scheduled to play Pakistan in Lahore from September 12 to 16, their first Test in Pakistan in 12 years.